All nonimmigrant visitors are required to have a valid visa (***except Canadians) in their passport to be allowed entry into the United States. 有关一般信息,请参阅 U.S. 美国国务院网站(外部链接).

  • 预约在美国驻华使馆进行签证面谈.S. 驻外大使馆或领事馆.
  • Visas cannot be issued inside the United States.


  1. 从USF获得I-20 (F-1)
  2. 检查电流 等待时间(外部链接) 办理您所在城市的签证预约和签发.
  3. Pay the SEVIS Fee,如适用.
  4. Make a visa appointment and go to an interview at a U.S. 大使馆或领事馆.

***Canadian citizens are not required to apply for a visa to enter the United States as an F-1, 但还是必须付出 SEVIS Fee 并在美国出示他们的I-20表格.S. 入境口岸. However, if the visitor has “Landed Immigrant” status in Canada, a U.S. 进入美国需要签证.

Read the U.S. 美国国务院网站(外部链接) for more information about the visa application process and 美国的临时访问者.S. (外部链接)

由于签证预约是有限的 签证处理时间(链接外部) can be lengthy, make your appointment as early as possible. Consulates will generally accept appointments up to 120 days prior to the start of studies. There may be long waiting periods for appointments, especially May through August. However, consulates may give priority to F-1 student applicants, if requested.



Visa application includes specific questions requiring you to list all social media platforms, identifiers, 以及过去5年使用过的手柄. 


  • 在美国的联络点? F在读学生 应该使用 USF联系地址和电话 and provide the name of the DSO who issued your I-20
  • 地址你将在美国停留的地方? 如果你不知道你的U.S address, use the address you will use when you first arrive in the US, which might be a temporary address like a hotel or friend.
  • Five years of previously used telephone numbers, email addresses, and international travel
  • 承认之前的所有移民违规行为
  • Whether specified family members have been involved in terrorist activities


  • Passport (valid at least six months into the future)
  • 资格证书I-20 (F-1)
  • Proof of admission (F-1 new students) or proof enrollment (F-1 currently enrolled students)
  • 经济支持证明
  • 签证申请表格和费用
  • SEVIS Fee receipt
  • OPT或STEM OPT延期的F-1学生 不需要注册证明, but they must also bring an unexpired EAD card and a job offer letter or current employment verification letter.

Some consulates may require additional documentation, so check the consulate website for visa application instructions. 签证申请表格和费用 can be found on the consulate website.

During your F-1 visa interview or at the Customs Control at the 入境口岸 you may be asked questions about your studies, 你的大学选择, 你打算如何支付你的学费, 你毕业后的计划, and more. Here are some of the common questions that you may expect.


  1. 你为什么选择在美国学习.S.?
  2. 你要上哪所大学?
  3. 你的学位和专业是什么?
  4. Did you go to a University at your home country?
  5. 你现在的职业是什么?
  6. Why don’t you continue your studies in your home country?
  7. How many universities did you apply to and in which countries?
  8. How many universities sent you an admittance letter?
  9. 你去过美国吗.S. before?
  10. 你为什么选择波士顿的大学?
  11. 你在美国期间将住在哪里.S.?
  12. 你对你了解多少.S. 教育系统?
  13. 你的英语考试成绩是多少?
  14. What is your GPA from your previous institution?
  15. How will you deal with the cultural differences?
  16. Who will support you financially while you are in the U.S.?
  17. 你父母是做什么工作的?
  18. Have you received any scholarships for your education?
  19. How much is the cost of your education in the U.S.?
  20. What are your plans after you finish with your studies in the U.S.?
  21. 你在美国有亲戚或朋友吗.S.?
  22. Do you have a career that you want to pursue after you finish with your studies?
  23. 跟我说说你的家庭吧. 你有兄弟姐妹吗?

Please use this guide from NAFSA for your reference: 10 Points to Remember When Applying for a 学生签证.

In some cases, the consulate may require a security clearance on the visa application. A visa may be approved, but cannot be issued until the security check is cleared. It is common for the security clearance to take a couple of weeks to a couple of months. If you are subject to a security clearance, please email 国际招生  at intadmissions@servicehistorybook.com so we can advise on the implications of a delayed arrival.


当你准备抵达美国时.S., you should plan your travel according to the information provided by your college. According to immigration regulations, F-1 student visa holders can enter the U.S. up to 30 days prior to the program report date on the I-20.

Students transferring to USF in F-1 status from another institution or changing their degree level at USF may stay in the U.S. 或者在不同的项目之间穿梭. 而且,他们可能会进入美国.S. more than 30 days before the new program start date listed on your I-20.


  • 有效护照,加盖官方F-1签证章
  • USF签发的I-20原件
  • I-901 SEVIS费用收据
  • 财务文件
  • 录取信

At the U.S. 入境口岸, you will be required to present your passport and I-20 to the immigration officer who will stamp your passport. In most cases, the officer notes “D/S” (Duration of Status) on your passport pages. 这意味着你可以留在美国.S. 在I-20上注明的时间内, provided that you maintain full-time enrollment and a valid F-1 visa status. Ensure your passport is properly stamped before exiting the immigration inspection area. Do not enter the U.S. 访客身份(B-1/B-2, WT或WB). This status does not permit full-time study in the U.S. After your arrival, print your Admission (I-94) number at cbp.gov/I94 and keep a copy of all travel documents (I-94 information, F-1 visa, 和I-20表格)填写个人记录. Ensure your I-94 print out contains the correct information, including F-1 visa status and “Duration of Status.”

This is not legal advice and it is recommended that students reach out to their closest Embassy/consulate and/or Admissions counselor for proper guidance.